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Minnesota Woman Sues Disney-Pixar for Using Her Ideas in Film ‘Inside Out’

A Minnesota woman has filed suit against The Walt Disney Company and Pixar for breach of implied-in-fact-contract, claiming the companies took her idea of emotion and color-based characters and used it in their blockbuster hit “Inside Out.”
Denise Daniels is a nationally recognized for her work to “help children better manage and deal with their emotions,” according to the lawsuit.  
In doing so, Daniels and a team of four, developed “The Moodsters,” which is a cast of five characters who live “deep down inside every child.”
The lawsuit states that every year between 2005 to 2009, Daniels and her team pitched their characters and curriculum to people to Disney-Pixar. 
One of those points of contact was Pete Docter, the Minnesota-native who directed “Inside Out.” 
The ideas were disclosed, “with the understanding, as is custom in the entertainment and motion picture industry, that Daniels would be compensated if Disney-Pixar used the idea. Disney-Pixar accepted these disclosures under these circumstances.”
Her characters were “anthropromorphus figures with human characteristics, including body, language, voice, and facial expressions,” representing the following emotions: happiness (yellow), sadness (blue), anger (red), love (pink) and fear (green).
The plot and color coordination of the characters in “The Moodsters” is closely followed with the film “Inside Out,” but Daniels did not receive credit for her idea or compensation, the lawsuit alleges.
The characters in “Inside Out” are named: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
“Inside Out” was released in June 2015 and goes inside the brain of an 11-year-old who moves from Minnesota to California.

The production budget for the film was $170 million, and Disney-Pixar generated a gross revenue of $1.2 billion for the film, the lawsuit states. The film has also raked in more than $100 million in DVD, Blu-Ray, streaming and downloads.  
The lawsuit states: “One reason Inside Out is considered so novel, creative, and inventive is because Disney-Pixar had never before released a movie that anthropromophized emotions,” and it notes one reviewer called the film “inventive.” 
Yet, Daniels maintains that she is the “exclusive owner” of the original ideas, and Disney-Pixar continues to profit from those ideas through merchandising and other means.  




Idris Elba slays in new preview for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

The first bullseye The Dark Tower movie hit was casting its lead: Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the last of the knights known as gunslingers, a lost man wandering an apocalyptic wasteland in search of the Man in Black, whose next stop on his march of destruction is our world.

The casting choice by director Nikolaj Arcel was a change from the novels. Stephen King had envisioned a Clint Eastwood-style, blue-eyed, white man as his six-shooting knight, but the author has applauded the choice of Elba for the lead character in his epic saga. Tough is tough; it doesn’t have a color.

Sunday during the BET Awards, Sony Pictures aired a new teaser for the Aug. 4 fantasy adventure that focused on the Mandela and Beasts of No Nation actor — and the royal legacy of his hero in The Dark Tower, a man seeking justice… although revenge will do, if that’s all that’s available.


In the story, the tower is a mythic structure at the nexus of all space and time. Its levels constitute different worlds and realities, and our world is stacked among them — a critical building block, actually. Matthew McConaughey’s magic-wielding Man in Black wants to bring it down, collapsing the worlds on each other and allowing his trapped master, the Crimson King, to be freed to rule them.


He needs others with power — like Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a boy from present-day New York who possesses a psychic ability known as a “shine” (an obvious homage to another classic King novel). By harnessing people with this strength, the Man in Black can use them to break through the dimensions and attack the tower.

So, by protecting the boy, Roland the Gunslinger is protecting these worlds. He does not hesitate to draw his irons to save Jake. He does wonder if we have guns and ammunition here — though he’s certain such weaponry is difficult to acquire and only available to the highly trained.

For more on the upcoming film, read Entertainment Weekly‘s profile of Elba from our visit to The Dark Tower set, and check out our full coverage of the Stephen King adaptation.


Idris Elba slays in new preview for Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 Will Lead Into The “Next Incarnation Of The MCU”

Now that Spider-Man‘s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s clear that he’s going to become more and more important to the franchise going forward. After debuting in Captain America: Civil War and with his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming coming up, the wall-crawler will next team up with the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. After that two-part extravaganza though, Spidey has his most important job yet – launching the next phase of the MCU.

Speaking to Io9, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explained the role that the Homecoming sequel will play in the wider scheme of the cinematic universe. Apparently, it’ll guide the audience into what fans call Phase 4 of the MCU, with the movie dealing with the aftermath of Infinity War just as the first Spider-Man deals with the fallout of Civil War. 

“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”

“It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?”

It sounds like there will be some interesting parallels between these first two MCU Spidey films. As we’ll see very soon, the first one will tackle Peter’s struggles to balance being part of New York’s superhero community with being a regular high schooler. Homecoming 2, then, will see Peter struggle to adjust to regular life after battling big purple alien tyrants in space.


Whatever form the sequel takes, the future looks bright for Spider-Man’s cinematic career. Early reviews on Homecoming are starting to come through and they’re very positive, with folks saying it’s the best Spidey movie since 2004’s Spider-Man 2  – which is very exciting to hear.

Fans will get to find out for themselves if that really is the case when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7th, before its sequel arrives on July 5th, 2019.


Power Season 4 Premiere Recap

When he’s done coughing up blood and writhing in agony, Ghost may appreciate the irony at work in Power‘s Season 4 premiere.

After all, the drug kingpin murders with impunity, then gets thrown behind bars for the one killing he didn’t commit? It’s poetic. It’s a comeuppance. It’s… kind of an ish-show for pretty much all the characters we’ve come to know over the past three seasons.

And how, exactly, does James St. Patrick fare once he dons the jumpsuit? What about Tasha? Tommy? Angela? Find out as we recap “When I Get Out.”

LOCKED UP | Though Tasha’s frantically trying to contact her husband, trying to let him know about the ransom text she got regarding Tariq, Ghost uses his only phone call to talk to his lawyer, Joe Proctor. “Keep your mouth and sphincter shut,” Proctor advises, then loops Tasha in on everything that’s happened. When Proctor goes to the jail, Ghost maintains his innocence, but the lawyer points out that there’s some DNA evidence they’ll have to contend with. That’s when Ghost admits to being in the apartment in his ill-fated attempt to find Greg’s button recording.


“I need my kids to know I didn’t do this,” Ghost asserts, but Proctor says their more immediate concern is getting him out on bail. Until then, he advises, Ghost needs to act like the upstanding businessman he wants everyone to think he is. You’re James St. Patrick, he says, “and you wouldn’t know what to do with a gun if it fell in your lap.”

OH, YOU FANCY NOW? | Off a tip from Dre, Kanan lets Tariq go, playing off the whole thing as though the kid fell asleep and they “joked” with Tasha about the ransom. He gives the teen a burner phone and says he can’t say anything about who he’s really been hanging out with, so when Dre brings the boy home, Tariq lies and says he was with some friends. Tommy knows something’s up, and he suspects Dre is lying about how he found ‘Riq, but there are bigger problems at hand.

Meanwhile, Dre thinks he’s hot stuff, so he offers to cut Kanan in on Ghost’s business at the club, so now he’s secretly delivering $45,000 a week to Kanan, Jukebox and that crew. Because that’s going to end well.

BACK TO LIFE, BACK TO REALITY | Meanwhile, Tommy visits an undisclosed location and tells LaKeisha (!), who is very much alive, that Milan is no longer a problem and she can go home. She thanks him for keeping her safe, and he reminds her that Tasha can’t know that he hid her. Raise your hand if you kinda thought Tommy killed her…?

Later, during a meeting with everyone, Tommy brushes off concerns about Ghost’s legal woes and tells everyone that Milan is gone and he’s the new connect. Julio, by the way, is now distro (much to Dre’s dismay). Other than that, “It’s business as usual,” he reassures the crew.

TASHA IN TURMOIL | Tasha holds it together while the Feds — including a sad and unmoored Angela — search her apartment, even managing to come up with a couple of snarky barbs while facing down her husband’s former mistress. When Angela notes that Ghost was sleeping in the office, and not in Tasha’s bed, Mrs. St. Patrick shoots back, “”I was worried he might transfer bed bugs from your place.” (Ha.)

But Tasha’s real problems start when Proctor advises her to pull together $2 million in clean money so they can bail Ghost out of jail. “Bags of untraceable cash won’t cut it,” he says. “”How much do you know about us?” she replies, eyes narrowed. (Ha again!) But in her search, Tasha realizes that Ghost already sold all their stock and emptied anything of value from their safe-deposit box. At this moment, I’d say Ghost is probably lucky he’s nowhere near his spitting-mad bride.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter anyway: A sharp new Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorny named John Mak takes over prosecution duties, and he convinces the judge to deny Ghost bail. “You can’t think I did this,” Ghost says to Angie on his way out of the courtroom. “You’re right, Jamie. I know you did it,” she replies, deadpan.


Once he’s back at the jail, two guards take Ghost to a secluded section and give him a welcome home gift: a swift, brutal beating with their billy clubs.



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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $48M In China – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Rolling out in 41 overseas markets this weekend, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight opened in China today with an estimated $47.9M (RMB 330.76M). That’s 69% above Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s June 27, 2014 bow in local currency. Par puts the opening day for Last Knight at No. 3 for an import ever in the Middle Kingdom (including Thursday’s midnight shows). The debut sets the film on track for a $100M+ weekend launch there.

We are waiting on a full international box office estimate through Thursday on the 5th installment in the $3.8B worldwide grossing franchise, and Michael Bay’s last turn at the helm. Korea, which started previews on Wednesday is at $3.4M through yesterday. Of that, $2M was from previews and $1.4M from opening day. (Through today, per unofficial estimates, it’s at about $5.2M).


In 2014, Transformers 4’s first China day came in around $30M. That film was made under a co-operation agreement and shot locally. Transformers 5 has a local marketing partner in Wanda (owner of the most screens in the Middle Kingdom) with Weying Technology and Huahua also investing. Bay and the team traveled last week to a premiere in Guangzhou. Chinese singer Jason Zhang, who performed a promotional song for the film, was also in attendance.

Ahead of the weekend, industry sources were pointing to an offshore opening of $167M-$200M, with China as ever the swing. The $47.9M start there portends a $100M+ debut frame in the market. The last film bowed to $92M across three days in the PROC and went on to be, at the time, the biggest import ever, finaling at $320M. It has since been overtaken by Furious 7 and The Fate Of The Furious.


‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $48M In China – International Box Office

Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad Fight Bigotry in Gritty First Trailer for ‘Marshall’

The ‘Black Panther’ star steps into the role of the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, in the upcoming biopic.

Just weeks after the Black Panther teaser debuted online and drove fans wild, Chadwick Boseman is back in the first trailer for Marshall.

Boseman, a veteran of biopics 42 and Get on Up, stars as the titular Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history.

The trailer begins with a bar fight among Boseman and a group of bullies, setting the tone for the gritty trailer that showcases the early days of Marshall’s life, before he helped desegregate schools in the Brown v. Board of Education trial in 1954.

“I only represent innocent people, people accused because of their race. That is my mission,” Boseman tells Sterling K. Brown’s Joseph Spell as he sits behind bars. 

Josh Gad appears as Sam Friedman, a fellow attorney hired by the Bridgeport NAACP, who worked as Marshall’s partner. Gad also gets jumped by a group of attackers. “You’re one of us now,” Boseman tells him.

“The only way to get through a bigot’s door is to break it down,” Boseman says as the trailer closes on a scene in which he takes a nip from a flask by a “Whites Only” water fountain.

The film opens in October.